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Walmart: Meet with your Warehouse Workers
Following months of extreme tension, high temperatures, and intense pressure in a major Walmart-contracted warehouse, courageous workers – without having a recognized union – went on strike this morning to protest retaliation by their warehouse employers. They are calling for safe working conditions and that Walmart take responsibility for working conditions in the warehouse.
To date, Walmart has ignored repeated requests for a meeting to discuss safer working conditions. Now, the workers are asking for our support. Sign the petition to Walmart executives demanding they meet with these workers.
On Monday, September 17, our signatures will be delivered by workers to executives at Walmart in Los Angeles following a six-day, 50-mile march by workers from their warehouses.
As supporters of warehouse workers who move boxes of goods destined for Walmart stores across the U.S., we are asking Walmart executives to meet directly with the workers.
Marta injured her back because of the grueling pace inside the warehouses and now she is unable to work. Limber works under dangerous conditions, forced to use broken equipment and at risk of dehydration because of inadequate access to clean drinking water.
The work is unsafe, injuries are common, and the pay is so low workers cannot make ends meet. Right now, the temperatures in Riverside and San Bernardino top 100 degrees daily and inside the metal containers the temperature can get up to 120 degrees. There is little ventilation and the heat and pollutants workers inhale can make them vomit and bleed from the nose. Workers face intense retaliation from management if they say anything about the conditions.
Workers have tried several times to reach out to you, writing letters and using the channels that Walmart provides in its “Standards for Suppliers.” Even after filing official complaints about health and safety violations and notifying Walmart directly about illegal working conditions, you have ignored these workers. But this is not an isolated problem that will just go away: there are thousands of warehouse workers in Southern California, Chicago, New Jersey and elsewhere who labor to stock Walmart shelves – all facing similar conditions.
We, who have signed below, are asking you, Walmart executives and Board members, to sit down with the workers to learn about their experience moving your goods and to figure out how you can ensure all of Walmart’s contractors and suppliers follow the law and live up to your own standards. Walmart, you set the standards for the industry; with a little good will, you can help ensure humane working conditions for thousands of warehouse workers in your supply chain.
Supporters of the Warehouse Workers
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Share a comment for Walmart ...|
|2674||Sat Sep 15 20:05:46 EDT 2012||Nino Gonzalez||Dallas, TX|
|2673||Sat Sep 15 19:56:21 EDT 2012||GlendaRae Hernandez||South Bend, IN 46601, IN||Keeping prices low at the expense of the health and safety of your workers is unconscionable. Please their needs for
safe working conditions.
|2672||Sat Sep 15 19:51:42 EDT 2012||Chris Gallagher||Toledo, OH|
|2671||Sat Sep 15 19:16:46 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Dallas, TX||please listen to your warehouseworkers|
|2670||Sat Sep 15 18:24:34 EDT 2012||Brendan O'Kane||Sydney, ot|
|2669||Sat Sep 15 18:14:36 EDT 2012||Michael Moats||Downers Grove, IL|
|2668||Sat Sep 15 18:13:16 EDT 2012||Peter Ashe||Malden, MA|
|2667||Sat Sep 15 18:09:09 EDT 2012||Anthony Arcure||Fresno, CA|
|2666||Sat Sep 15 17:54:22 EDT 2012||Peter Benoit||Bridport, VT|
|2665||Sat Sep 15 17:40:02 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Tucson, AZ||As a member of a religious community of women, I am committed to people being able to work, to be justly paid for their work, and to work in places that are humane. Please meet with the workers for the More....sake of the common good.|
|2664||Sat Sep 15 17:12:57 EDT 2012||Doug Parker||OK|
|2663||Sat Sep 15 16:39:31 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Orono, ME|
|2662||Sat Sep 15 16:39:31 EDT 2012||Ray Lynch||Watchung, NJ|
|2661||Sat Sep 15 16:39:31 EDT 2012||Ray Lynch||Watchung, NJ|
|2660||Sat Sep 15 16:14:46 EDT 2012||Jeffrey Haslett||Williston, VT|
|2659||Sat Sep 15 16:06:03 EDT 2012||Jacob Hyden||Provo, UT|
|2658||Sat Sep 15 15:46:46 EDT 2012||dana marker||mechanicsburg, PA||oh please!|
|2657||Sat Sep 15 15:39:27 EDT 2012||Vicki Garrett||OH|
|2656||Sat Sep 15 14:28:34 EDT 2012||Mary Henaughan||Villa Maria , PA||Would you like to work under these conditions?
Life is hard enough why make it harder.
|2655||Sat Sep 15 13:36:12 EDT 2012||Murray Sampson||Seattle, WA|
|2654||Sat Sep 15 13:28:08 EDT 2012||Scott Gorn||New Britain, CT||Um, isn't this the 21st century? Enough with the war on working people already, it is rather sickening. Wal-Mart, scourge of the Earth.|
|2653||Sat Sep 15 12:32:42 EDT 2012||Shelley Eckert||Treasure Island, FL||These people work hard for their money. They should be treated like human beings. Wal-Mart can afford to treat them like human beings. Your greed is inexcuseable.|
|2652||Sat Sep 15 11:59:02 EDT 2012||Elissa Menconi||Dorchester, MA||I won't shop at Walmart until I see you treating your workers with the respect that they deserve.|
|2651||Sat Sep 15 11:49:59 EDT 2012||Wayne Perkins||ME||Better working conditions ,better wages and a recognized Union.
I refuse to shop at WalMart and never will until they are a responsible company.
|2650||Sat Sep 15 11:27:49 EDT 2012||angela fazzari||portland, OR|